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Chubby at 85? Good! Eat up!

Associated Press Ernest Borgnine
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Associated Press Ernest Borgnine (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

For our oldster readers who fought their weight all their life, some good news today.

According to HealthDay News:

(A) study, by Tel Aviv University researchers, revealed that while obesity did increase the risk of dying for people in their 70s and early 80s, when people lived longer than that those who were obese had a slightly lower risk of death than their underweight or normal-weight peers. Obesity may also provide energy reserves in times of stress, illness and trauma. In addition, obesity may prolong the period of pre-death weight loss, as aging is associated with decreased food intake.

(Ernest Borgnine, a hefty actor, is still alive and working -- at 95. S-R archives photo)

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